Austin Black II is the founder of City Living Detroit; a full-service real estate brokerage that is headquartered in Detroit's thriving Midtown neighborhood. His firm specializes in properties located in Detroit with a focus on downtown, the growing riverfront, the cultural center, and the city's historic neighborhoods.
Austin has always shown an interest in urban development and major metropolitan cities. His fascination started with an elementary school project about tall skyscrapers and wind velocity. It continued later in life while studying at the university level. He is a graduate of Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, College of Architecture, Art and Planning where he studied redevelopment projects abroad and earned a Bachelors of Science in Urban and Regional Studies.
So, after visiting more than 20 cities in Europe and Italy and earning a degree that concentrated on Real Estate and Urban Redevelopment, Austin decided to return home to Detroit, Michigan and use his knowledge and passion to make Detroit a better place to live, work and raise a family.
Upon his return, he quickly proved to be a rising star in Detroit real estate as he achieved success at all levels, and racked up both local and national accolades.
Austin's worldly perspective on urban redevelopment, drive to stay on top of the latest industry trends, and passion for his hometown has earned him the respect and adoration of a city and its leadership.
Austin has been the recipient of several awards and honors. In 2013 he was named 40 under 40 by the Michigan Chronicle. He was also the recipient of DBusiness Magazine 30 in their 30s (2012), Detroit Young Professionals' Vanguard Award (2011), Realtor® Magazine 30 under 30 (2010), Crain's Detroit Business 20 in their 20s (2006) and Crain's Detroit Business Dream Board of Directors (2006).
Austin is also an active member of the National Association of Realtors, Michigan Association of Realtors, Greater Metropolitan Association of Realtors and the Grosse Pointe Board of Realtors. He also serves on many boards and committees including the Detroit Downtown Development Authority, Downtown Detroit Boll Family YMCA and the Detroit Athletic Club Community Outreach Committee.
In addition to receiving a Bachelor of Science in Urban and Regional Studies, Austin was a Public Policy and International Affairs Fellow at the University of Michigan's Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.
Adam is a problem solver. Simply put Adam’s excellent in a storm. Adam is the Director of Government and Community Relations at the Michigan Fitness Foundation where he works on Veterans issues and leads the legislative initiatives advocating for healthy lifestyles. Additionally, Adam is a member of the Board of Governance for the Iron Belle Trail Initiative and tireless advocate for Supplemental Nutrition Education programing (SNAP-ED.) Professionally Adam has worked in State and Municipal government as a staffer focused on developing real solutions. While serving as Senator Johnson’s chief of staff (2009-2012), Hollier was instrumental in major pieces of legislation: Regional Transit Authority, Utility Shut-Off Protections for seniors and the partial repeal of the Drivers Responsibility Fee. As the mayor’s liaison to the City Council, he shepherded the creation of the Public Lighting Authority, a $180 million investment in neighborhoods. During Adam’s tenure with the city Adam worked diligently with the cities purchasing department to streamline the procurement process city wide becoming intimately familiar with its interworking’s. Previously, serving as the Vice President of Hantz Woodlands a large scale urban agriculture project designed to eliminate blight on the city of Detroit’s eastside using sustainable agriculture. Adam managed a multi-million-dollar acquisition and demolition project covering more than 1,500 parcels and that demolished 50 vacant and abandoned structures. Adam also serves as a Senior Project Manager for Thomas Group Consulting. Adam’s been recognized as one of Crain’s 20 in their 20’s (2015), Michigan Chronicle 40 under 40 (2013) and various other awards for being a doer.
Adam’s commitment to service has led him to serve as a mentor, coach and frequent volunteer in the cities he has lived. Adam decided to get a Masters degree in Urban Planning after spending a summer sharing a 92-year-old woman’s FEMA trailer volunteering in Biloxi, MS. post-Katrina doing relief work. Growing up in a Union family understand the importance labor plays in developing strong communities and was proud to serve a union steward with AFT local 3550. While working with the Ann Arbor NAACP Adam took an interest in the education achievement gap and guided by a strong belief in public education, Adam ran for and was elected to serve as a member of the Ann Arbor Board of Education (2009-2010.) Adam also serves on Vanguard Community Development Corporation and the New Center Community Services Board of Directors as the board Secretary. Adam is also a distinguished Military graduate of Officer’s Candidate School and serves as the S-4 Officer in Charge for the 414th Civil Affairs Battalion managing logistics and supply for the Battalion.
Adam and his wife Krystle live in the Northend neighborhood of Detroit a few blocks from the home his parents still live in today. Growing up in Detroit Adam attended Detroit Public schools graduating from Renaissance High School. At Cornell University Adam received a degree Cum Laude in Industrial and Labor Relations with a focus on Organizational Development and change while playing both Varsity Football and Track & Field as a Decathlete. Later receiving a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning from the University of Michigan with a concentration on Economic Development.
Jim is a Detroit resident and resides in one of the city's historic neighborhoods and is currently restoring the property to its past glory. After selling real estate as a licensed professional in South East Florida (Palm Beach County) Jim wanted to return home to Detroit.
The collection of city and suburban homes and condominiums in the region offers everything from 1920's historic Tudors to contemporary lofts, lakefront living to a downtown urban lifestyle. Finding the perfect home – is Jim's commitment to you.
The focus is people; Jim's style is high energy, consistent communication and effective marketing within the world of Real Estate. You can count on honest, reliable, professional service full time, all the time.
Growing up an Air Force brat, Matthew Richmond has lived all over the world and gained an appreciation for diverse cultures, peoples and architecture. But even after living in many cities and many types of dwellings, the thing he has always searched for is a place to call home. Like any good journey, the place you end up is often the place you began. The same goes for Matthew who finally found home in Michigan--the place he was born and has returned with his husband Randy to build their home in a nearly 100-year-old house they are restoring in the University District of Detroit.
Matthew went to James Madison University in Virginia for degrees in English and Communications. And after a film career in Hollywood and owning a small fitness business in San Francisco, he knows the through line of his education and careers is relationship building. His search for home and his ability to effectively communicate and understand the needs of his clients have brought him to a career in real estate, where he helps others in their quest for house and home.
He is a passionate fan of Detroit's grit, culture, and never say die approach to challenges. And as a student of its history and neighborhoods, he is excited to help others find their place in this unfolding story of success and opportunity.
Many people are passionate about the City of Detroit and Southeast Michigan. Michael Weck is one of those people. He is encouraged by all of the opportunity the city has to offer. Michael has made it is a personal goal to assist with the economic revitalization within the city and the entire region.
He has modeled his educational and professional careers by focusing on endeavors that are beneficial to achieving his goal. Michael concluded his undergraduate studies by earning a Bachelors degree with a concentration in Legal Studies. Immediately following graduation Michael began graduate coursework at Eastern Michigan University. He has earned two graduate certificates in Local Government Management and Public Land Planning and Development all while obtaining a Masters Degree in Public Administration with a concentration in Public Management.
Following completion of his graduate studies Michael continued to search for ways to assist with economic revitalization. He obtained his Real Estate License and began working with City Living Detroit.
Michael is a member of the Greater Metropolitan Association of Realtors. He is also a board member for a local Tax Increment Finance Authority.
Michael has had valuable experience working as a consultant with local governments in the Detroit area as well as working for the State of Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory affairs. He is continuously looking for opportunities to enhance the economic vitality throughout metro Detroit.